Although I’ve started this blog as a way for our family and friends to keep up to date with our adventures, and as a way to document our travels, maybe… just maybe, there might be others who’ve decided to stop by for a read. So, I thought a little introduction was in order.
Adam and I both grew up on the South Coast of NSW. Apart from the last 12 months, I’ve never lived more than a short walk to the beach.
We met at work (Adam is an accountant and I was working in Admin at the time) and in 2013 spent 3 months travelling through Europe. In 2014 we purchased our first home and moved into it. In 2015 we had our first baby, Kawhi. 2016 saw us get married in Noosa, Queensland. We had our second beautiful baby, Luna, in 2017 and also sold our house. 2018, while it’s only just started, we know it’s going to be yet another amazing year to remember, as we move into our caravan and start our travels in May.
I could never see myself settling down in the one place and working the same job my whole life. I’ve worked in hospitality, admin, then became a swim instructor and now I’m a stay at home Mum. I hate the typical 9-5 working day, working 5 days a week to only have 2 days off, and working 48 weeks a year to only get 4 weeks of annual leave (whoever thought that was a good idea?) Adam agrees, and while everyone’s lives are different, we think it’s silly to work so hard while you’re in the prime of your life, and put off experiencing so many things until you retire (if you even make it that far.)
Who says you have to keep earning more and more money? Who says you have to buy a house? (and then buy a bigger one, and an even bigger one) Who says you have to have the latest cars, clothes and gadgets? Because one thing we’ve learnt is that those things certainly don’t bring you lasting happiness. Happiness for us comes from spending time together, spending time with our kids, being in the outdoors and exploring all the wonderful things this world has to offer. At the end of the day, they’re the things we’re going to remember when we’re 80 – we’re not going to remember what model phone we had back in 2018, or what features our smart T.V had, or what brand our clothes were.
So being in our late twenties (and possibly 1/3 of the way through our lives) what better time to take off on an adventure. We have no mortgage, no debt, nothing tying us down. Our kids are young and we don’t want Adam missing out on such a precious time in their lives while he sits in the office for 40 hours a week.
We’ve purchased our first caravan, a 2010 Jayco Expanda, and we’re currently in the process of getting it ready to start our big trip in May. We’ve decided to sell everything that we can’t take in the van because at the end of the day it’s just ‘stuff.’
We’re sad that we’ll be leaving behind our family and friends for a while, especially the fact that the kids won’t get to see them as often as they do now, but we think the lessons they’ll learn and experiences they’ll gain from what we’re doing will make it worthwhile.
We are always happy to answer any questions and will be sharing things we learn along the way. If you’re ever in the same location as us, do get in touch, we would love to meet others who are also living life on the road.